Winter sun for South Islanders - Christchurch to Rarotonga direct

South Islanders wanting sun next winter can book direct flights from Christchurch to Rarotonga right now for next winter.

Virgin Australia is offering weekly flights for 17 weeks, on Saturdays, from June 24 to October 13.

Christchurch Airport's Chief Aeronautical and Commercial Officer, Justin Watson, says the "sun seeker" service will return again for next winter.

"The popularity of these winter getaways are a reminder that the Cook Islands destination is
much-requested and much-loved by South Islanders," he says. "The Saturday afternoon departure means South Islanders can drive to Christchurch Airport, park, walk into the terminal and fly direct to an island vacation in the sun. What's not to love!"

Graeme West, GM Australia and New Zealand, Cook Islands Tourism Corporation, says "Having a seasonal flight from Christchurch to Rarotonga is fantastic for South Islanders. Being
able to hop on a short non-stop flight to paradise makes it very easy. We look forward to welcoming Kiwis wanting a winter break in the sun next year".